Series: Off-Campus #3
Published by Self-Published on 1/11/16
He knows how to score, on and off the ice
Allie Hayes is in crisis mode. With graduation looming, she still doesn’t have the first clue about what she's going to do after college. To make matters worse, she’s nursing a broken heart thanks to the end of her longtime relationship. Wild rebound sex is definitely not the solution to her problems, but gorgeous hockey star Dean Di-Laurentis is impossible to resist. Just once, though, because even if her future is uncertain, it sure as heck won’t include the king of one-night stands.
It’ll take more than flashy moves to win her over
Dean always gets what he wants. Girls, grades, girls, recognition, girls…he’s a ladies man, all right, and he’s yet to meet a woman who’s immune to his charms. Until Allie. For one night, the feisty blonde rocked his entire world—and now she wants to be friends? Nope. It’s not over until he says it’s over. Dean is in full-on pursuit, but when life-rocking changes strike, he starts to wonder if maybe it’s time to stop focusing on scoring…and shoot for love.
I have been anxiously awaiting this book for what seems like a very long time. I’ve become a huge Elle Kennedy fan. I absolutely loved The Deal and The Mistake and I just knew I would love The Score, too.
I wasn’t wrong.
This book… sigh… Here’s the thing. Elle has a way of taking a plot and characters that sound pretty straightforward and typical and elevating them to something great. Her writing is fantastic, but she really injects something unique into all of her characters that make them completely lovable and addicting.
First of all, they’re usually all totally hilarious. I always have a ball reading her books. But they all still feel like these separate, unique individuals. They all mesh well together and bring something different to the story, something that helps drive the plot. They’re so much more than these characters that stand on the periphery like accessories.
Second, they surprisingly pack an emotional punch. I don’t know why I’m continually shocked when I become more emotionally invested than I expected to. Or why I still don’t expect to at this point. But Elle flawlessly takes a seemingly shallow, horndog character like Dean and makes me fall completely in love with him.
And do I need to even mention how hot her books are? Dear Lord! Have mercy. We won’t go there. Just trust me.
But more than that, it really has it all. This book has some of the hottest scenes out there, but I wouldn’t even begin to label it as something as lacking as “Erotica”. No way. It’s a romance for sure. It’s a comedy. It’s sad, heartfelt, hopeful, and a joy to experience.
This book was by no means my favorite of this series, but I still adored it. I hope that Elle continues to write in this series, because I just can’t get enough of these characters.